Total loan: $2,950

Mujeres De Amistad Toto Group

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Totonicapan, Totonicapan, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to buy a large quantity of threads.

Mujeres De Amistad Toto Group's story

The art of weaving which combines thread, colors and textures, is well documented in the history of humankind. Silvia makes traditional fabrics, specifically "cortes" also called typical skirts. Her income and that of her husband support the family which includes a three-year-old boy. Silvia, who is 23 years old, learned the art of weaving from her mother and it has been her dream to turn it into a business. Now, five years after having started the business, she sees this dream as a reality. Silvia feels happy to both see her business grow and to have an employee. She is capable of delivering 4 skirts per week. She is asking for her third loan from Kiva so she can buy a large quantity of thread.

Silvia, the secretary of the Bridge of Friendship Communal Bank "Mujeres de Amistad Toto," calls the monthly meetings and the other six women in the group make their loan payments. Their income is generated by their textile businesses, ice cream sales, clothing sales and animal breeding (pigs, chickens). In their monthly meetings these women learn about effective business management practices, health, hygiene and nutrition. And every two months the women have access to health services. This is very important because the Guatemalan public health system is failing the people. The combination of loans, education and health services is called "Microcredito Plus" [Microloan Plus].

Thanks to the Kiva lenders for financing these loans that are so important!